I am an IT guy who has done a fair bit of traveling. I grew up in the same town I went to college, so I guess I needed to get around a bit more when I got older. I decided to blog my future journeys so I can actually reflect on the them when they are done.
The most important thing to me when I travel is to get a feel for the history, natural landscape, and people of an area. If you can understand the way a people interact with it's land and how past events have shaped their thoughts about others, you will really understand the culture. I will take a fixed tour occasionally, but mostly I enjoy talking to locals and getting recommendations so I can take in things they see as important in their own land.